Women account for the majority of Hygienists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $34.60 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little over a half collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,326 - $70,994
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$52K
$71K
MEDIAN: $52,247
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$24.48 - $46.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,326 - $70,994  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $6,949  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$46,699 - $95,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$24.48 - $46.61  
   
Overtime
$52.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$350.00 - $6,949  
   
Commission
$7,500  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$46,699 - $95,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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Job Description for Hygienist

  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Remove soft and hard deposits from teeth.
  • Record the presence of diseases or abnormalities.
  • Examine patients teeth and gums.

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Pay by Experience Level for Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. On average, Hygienists make $73K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Key Stats for Hygienist

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Hygienist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$70,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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